Beer Review: LOST ABBEY NOBLE TENDENCIES CZECH-STYLE PILSNER

Beer Review: LOST ABBEY NOBLE TENDENCIES CZECH-STYLE PILSNER

Noble Tendencies, The Lost Abbey’s inaugural canned beer, pours a clear, pale golden hue into the glass. The white foam builds rapidly, threatening to spill over the rim. The 16oz cans, priced at $11.99 plus tax for a 4-pack, sport an angelic design with gold embossed details and white paper-wrapped labels.

Aroma

The pilsner malt imparts a characteristically stinky aroma, with faint hints of sulphur and creamed corn, dissipating quickly to reveal notes of orange blossom honey and bread rolls. The diaper-like phenols make a brief appearance but don’t linger long.

Taste

Contrary to its Czech-style Pilsner classification, Noble Tendencies leans more towards a German Helles lager or American Pre-Prohibition lager. The malt-forward profile and subdued bitterness align more with a blue-collar, everyday beer. While Franconian and Czech pilsners boast deeper caramel notes and sharper hop flavors, Noble Tendencies embraces a more straightforward, after-work beer experience. The cereal grain flavors are subtly rustic, with minimal detectable bitterness and disappointingly faint spicy Saaz notes.

Mouthfeel

Noble Tendencies offers a neutral palate with just enough balance to avoid excessive sweetness. The cereal grain flavors are well-moderated, contributing to a subtly rustic character. The mouthfeel is neither sticky nor dry, providing a comfortable, easy-drinking experience.

Overall

Departing from The Lost Abbey’s usual Belgian-style beers, Noble Tendencies serves as a refreshing change, positioning itself as an everyday, no-nonsense beer. However, personal preferences may sway towards the modern American-style pilsner, characterized by a leaner, semi-dry body and assertive grassy hops. Noble Tendencies, with its malt-focused approach and low bitterness, could find a place as a marketable Pre-Prohibition Lager, offering a familiar flavor profile that won’t polarize drinkers.

In conclusion, while it may not align with the reviewer’s ideal pilsner characteristics, Noble Tendencies presents itself as a straightforward option for those seeking a malt-focused, approachable brew from The Lost Abbey.